Kip could well have just run his own race in the same way that Rudisha calmly did so with no pacer at London.
I note that Kip like Cruz ran an incredible series of races in a very short period of time. In other words, the 800m guys typically run their best times of all on short rest when they are in great shape, know it, and go for it repeatedly over a period of one to two weeks.
Pacing is one of the most important tests in the sport because the whole point outside of the sprints is that you don't absolutely know in advance at what point you will break down from the pace, so you can take very big risks and die (or get a huge pr) or you can not risk enough. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and no credit for rashness.
And indeed, Jim Ryun's son, Drew, sent out a tweet congratulating Brazier after he knocked out Ryun's 50 year old record on the fiftieth anniversary.Brazier looked fantastic in this, as if the pace was easy for him. Yes, 1:42 could happen this year if he ran against pros. 1:43.55 and McBride ran .2 ahead of the old NCAA meet record while losing by nearly a second! Yes, it matters if you run 1:45.93i in your first collegiate meet and off limited speedwork. No limits on Brazier.
Happy olden record holder wrote:
Can he break one of the oldest record in the books. Ryun's outdoor US junior 800m record...
Ryun would be one of the first to congratulate him. That record (1.44.9 880y -- 1.44.3c 800m) has stood since June 10, 1966. Nearly FIFTY years. This is the guy to take a shot at that. Best of luck.